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Global Pioneer Sheraton Hotels Anticipates Another Strong Year Of Growth »

March 04, 2015 at 5:35AM PST | Source: Sheraton Hotels

On Track to Cross the 500th hotel milestone in 2016, Sheraton will Open 20 Hotels this year and Launch in New Markets including Sri Lanka and Romania
STAMFORD, Conn. - March 4, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced its iconic Sheraton brand continues to power ahead across the globe with at least 20 new hotel openings expected by year’s end. Leveraging its ‘first-mover’ advantage, Sheraton will enter Sri Lanka and Romania this year, building upon the momentum of its 2014 debut in Tajikistan and last month’s launch in Samoa. Strong demand across Asia Pacific is driving future pipeline growth, putting Sheraton on track to cross the 500th hotel milestone in 2016...

Choice Hotels International Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend Of $0.195 »

March 04, 2015 at 5:31AM PST | Source: Choice Hotels

ROCKVILLE, Md. - March 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Choice Hotels International (NYSE: CHH), a leading worldwide lodging company, announced that its board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.195 per share of common stock. The dividend is payable on April 17, 2015 to shareholders of record on April 3, 2015.
About Choice Hotels
Choice Hotels International, Inc. franchises more than 6,300 hotels, representing more than 500,000 rooms, in the United States and more than 35 other countries and territories. As of December 31, 2014, 510 hotels, representing more than 39,000 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in the United States. Additionally, 93 hotels, representing approximately 8,700 rooms, were under construction, awaiting conversion or approved for development in more than 15 other countries and territories...

Hyatt Place Canton Celebrates Official Opening »

March 04, 2015 at 4:27AM PST | Source: Hyatt Place

105 room Hyatt Place hotel located in Canton, Ohio
March 04, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and TMI Hospitality today announce the opening of Hyatt Place Canton, a 105-room hotel located in Belden Village Shopping area.
“We are very excited to bring Hyatt Place brand to Canton, and we’re looking forward to creating a positive travel experience for each and every guest that walks through our doors,” said General Manager Jack Butler. “The Hyatt Place brand was designed for a lifestyle, not a demographic, and as a result, we are confident that everyone from business travelers to leisure travelers will appreciate the open, intuitive design, casual atmosphere, and practical amenities, such as free Wi-Fi, 24-hour food offerings and the 24-hour fitness center...

Embassy Suites Opens In Downtown Tuscaloosa, Alabama »

March 03, 2015 at 11:06AM PST | Source: Embassy Suites

Announcing Tuscaloosa's Premier, Full-Service Hotel
March 03, 2015 // Franchising.com // TUSCALOOSA, Al. and MCLEAN, Va. – Embassy Suites Hotels, the Hilton Worldwide brand of upscale all-suite hotels, today announced the opening of their first property in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. As the premier full-service hotel in the market, Embassy Suites Tuscaloosa Downtown, AL boasts 154 spacious suites and features the brand's latest design concept, Design Option III, and a new on-site restaurant, The Side by Side, led by James Beard award-winning chef, Chris Hastings. Embassy Suites Tuscaloosa Downtown, AL is owned by Tuscaloosa Hotel Partners, LLC and proudly managed by Wilson Hotel Management, LLC.
"Embassy Suites' upscale accommodations, contemporary design and signature offerings will bring a solid option for travelers visiting this growing metropolitan area," said John Rogers, global head, Embassy Suites Hotels...

Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights Officially Opens »

March 02, 2015 at 7:24AM PST | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Second Hyatt Regency-Branded Hotel Enhances Dubai's Iconic Skyline
March 02, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today the opening of Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), marking the fifth Hyatt-branded hotel in the city. A sixth Hyatt-branded hotel, Hyatt Place Dubai/Baniyas Square, is expected to open in Dubai later this year. Each of the six properties is developed by wasl Hospitality, a subsidiary of wasl Asset Management, reflecting the strong and long-lasting relationship between the developer and Hyatt.
With its two iconic high-rise towers piercing the sky at 164 meters/538 feet, Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights is ideally located next to the resurgent Dubai Creek, providing elaborate views across the water and stunning city skyline...

Westin Hotels Continues To Lead Healthy Hotel Revolution With Launch Of Wellness Escapes »

March 02, 2015 at 5:08AM PST | Source: Westin Hotels & Resorts

A Curated Series of On-Site Well-Being Retreats
Holly Perkins, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and Founder of Women's Strength Nation, Kicks Off Series with Inaugural Retreat in San Diego in April 2015 and Joins the Westin Well-Being Council
STAMFORD, Conn. - March 2, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Westin Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT), has revealed the next phase of its year-long Westin Well-being Movement with the announcement of Westin Wellness Escapes, an ongoing well-being series led by experts in the fields of mindfulness meditation, nutrition, yoga, running and more. Taking place at Westin properties around the globe, the series will first launch in North America before rolling out internationally...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts To Grow Portfolio By More Than 40 New Hotels And Resorts Across Europe In The Next Five Years »

March 02, 2015 at 4:05AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Company Aggressively Expands in Turkey with Opening of The St. Regis Istanbul Marking the Entry of the Luxury St. Regis Brand in the Country
Record Year of Signings Driven by Conversion Deals with Accelerated Growth in 2015
BERLIN - March 2, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - From the International Hotel Investment Forum (IHIF) in Berlin, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced it is on track to open more than 40 new hotels and resorts across Europe in the next five years, expanding its portfolio by almost 30% with openings in both fast-growing and established markets. Further underlining its long-term growth strategy, Starwood is set to open five new hotels in Turkey this year, including The St...

Hilton Worldwide Unveils The 2014 CEO Light & Warmth Award Winners »

February 27, 2015 at 6:44AM PST | Source: Hilton Worldwide

Twelve Individuals Receive the Company's Highest Honor
February 27, 2015 // Franchising.com // MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide today announced that 12 Team Members at owned, managed and franchise properties have received the 2014 CEO Light & Warmth Award. This award is the highest accolade any individual can achieve, and was established to recognize exceptional Team Members and franchisee employees who embody Hilton Worldwide's Values of Hospitality, Integrity, Leadership, Teamwork, Ownership and Now.
In 2014, more than 2,000 Team Members and franchisee employees from around the world were nominated by their colleagues, and finalists were selected by a committee with representatives from across the company. The 12 winners were ultimately chosen by Hilton Worldwide President & CEO Christopher J...

Follow Along As Le Méridien Unlocks Global Destinations Through New Video Series With Photographer Gray Malin »

February 27, 2015 at 6:14AM PST | Source: Le Meridien

Le Méridien Introduces 'Follow Me' – a 24-Hour Immersive Video Journey Inspired by the Essence of Travel
NEW YORK - February 27, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), today introduced Follow Me, a multi-faceted global art collaboration with photographer Gray Malin. As part of the brand's Video Art Programme, the captivating Follow Me video will debut in Le Méridien hotels around the world, and represents Malin's 24-hour visual journey to inspiring destinations from Palm Springs to Bhutan. Artfully synced with the day-to-night transition of the signature Le Me´ridien Hub™, this collaboration celebrates Le Méridien as the first global hotel brand to bring its guests an immersive experience of this scale, capturing the excitement of world travel through photography...

The Newly Built Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Red Deer Opens Doors »

February 27, 2015 at 5:16AM PST | Source: Microtel Inns & Suites

Crescent Hotels & Resorts, MRMA Commercial Real Estate Holdings and Wyndham Worldwide are proud to present the Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Red Deer to the public.
Red Deer, Canada (PRWEB) February 27, 2015 - Crescent Hotels & Resorts, MRMA Commercial Real Estate Holdings and Wyndham Worldwide are proud to present the Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Red Deer to the public on February 26, 2015.
"The newly built Microtel Inn & Suites is opening with great anticipation," said Alan Arsenault, developer of the hotel. "With the convenience of the amenities offered at the hotel and the advantage of an experienced staff, the hotel is a suitable accommodation for both business and leisure guests."
The Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Red Deer is conveniently located off Alberta Highway 2 nearby the City Centre, Red Deer College, Heritage Ranch and Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum...

Hyatt To Present At The Citi 2015 Global Property CEO Conference »

February 26, 2015 at 9:54AM PST | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Citi's 2015 Global Property CEO Conference
CHICAGO - February 26, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today that Mark Hoplamazian, president and chief executive officer, will speak at the Citi 2015 Global Property CEO Conference at 11:30 a.m. ET on Monday, March 2, 2015. Atish Shah, senior vice president of strategy, FP&A and investor relations, will also attend the conference.
All interested persons may listen to a simultaneous webcast of the presentation, which may be accessed through the Company’s website at www.hyatt.com and selecting the Investor Relations link located at the bottom of the page. A replay will be available for 90 days.
About Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome...

Starwood Hotels Debuts 14th Hotel In Texas With The Grand Opening Of Sheraton McKinney Hotel And Conference Center »

February 26, 2015 at 8:34AM PST | Source: Sheraton Hotels

New Hotel Opens in the Heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex
MCKINNEY, Texas - February 26, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. (NYSE:HOT), today announced the opening of the Sheraton McKinney Hotel and Conference Center in McKinney, Texas. Owned by Gateway Hotel One, Ltd., the hotel offers 186 guest rooms and suites, ample meeting facilities and all of Sheraton’s signature services and amenities. The property will celebrate its opening today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and private reception attended by McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller and members of the McKinney Chamber of Commerce.
Sheraton McKinney is located 30 miles northeast of downtown Dallas and a short drive from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport...

Hyatt Place Hotel Planned For Saint Paul »

February 26, 2015 at 8:14AM PST | Source: Hyatt Place

Custom House, A Historic Building Being Redeveloped for Mixed Use, will Feature a 149-Room Hyatt Place Hotel
February 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO - Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H), Nelson Development and Exeter Group LLC today announced plans for a 149-room, five-story Hyatt Place hotel to be located in the former U.S. Post Office and Custom House building in Saint Paul, Minn. Exeter Group acquired the Custom House property from the U.S. Postal Service in August 2013, and has secured National Park Service approval to list the property on the National Register of Historic Places and to convert the building to a mixed use development with hotel and residential components, as well as a variety of supporting uses. Exeter Group LLC is the master developer of Custom House project and Nelson Development is acquiring a portion of the building for development of the hotel, which will be managed by LodgeWorks Partners, L...

Hilton Worldwide Announces Redevelopment Of Key London Property »

February 26, 2015 at 6:59AM PST | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

Hilton London Docklands Riverside to Undergo Refurbishment and Open as DoubleTree by Hilton
February 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // LONDON and MCLEAN, Va. - Hilton Worldwide has announced plans to redevelop and reflag Hilton London Docklands Riverside as DoubleTree by Hilton London Docklands hotel in 2015. The hotel will continue to operate under a Hilton Worldwide management agreement with owner H.I.G. Capital and joins 10 DoubleTree by Hilton hotels in Greater London.
Patrick Fitzgibbon, senior vice president, development, Europe & Africa, Hilton Worldwide, said, "The property's recent sale and lease agreement's conclusion has created a unique opportunity to redevelop and transition the hotel under our upscale DoubleTree by Hilton brand...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts' Global Headquarters Earns Highest Environmental Certification »

February 26, 2015 at 6:51AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

Company Headquarters Becomes the First LEED Platinum Building in Stamford, Connecticut
STAMFORD, Conn. - February 26, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.'s (NYSE:HOT) aggressive environmental goals and design-led approach earned the company's global headquarters the highest LEED certification available. Home to more than 1,200 Starwood associates representing nearly every global function, One StarPoint is the only building in Stamford, Conn., to achieve this level of LEED certification.
"We made a long-term investment in Stamford when we moved our global headquarters here and our extensive work for LEED certification is one way we continue to create a healthy and environmentally conscious work environment, which helps with retention, reduces energy consumption, and creates a more pleasant working experience," said Ken Siegel, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and head of Global Citizenship at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide...

Hilton Hotels & Resorts Debuts New Hotel At Philadelphia's Penn’s Landing »

February 26, 2015 at 6:41AM PST | Source: Hilton Worldwide

Waterfront Hotel Provides Instant Access to Dining, Entertainment and Shopping in the Heart of the Nation's Birthplace
PHILADELPHIA & MCLEAN, Va. - February 26, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Hilton Hotels & Resorts today announced the opening of Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing, a 348-room hotel located in downtown Philadelphia.
"Hilton continues to grow in the City of Brotherly Love and is proud to welcome Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing to our growing portfolio of more than 550 hotels worldwide," said Rob Palleschi, global head, full service brands, Hilton Worldwide. "With breathtaking views, modern amenities and large meeting and event spaces, this property provides the style, comfort and convenience that today's traveler desires...

Starwood Hotels Launches New "ProMeetings" App – A Mobile Solution For Planners On The Go »

February 26, 2015 at 5:39AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

The Latest in a Series of Innovative New B2B Technologies, ProMeetings Makes It Easy to Manage Events in Real-Time from the Palm of Your Hand
STAMFORD, Conn. - February 26, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Meeting planners can now manage events on-site, right from the palm of their hand, thanks to a powerful new app launched today by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT). Through ProMeetings planners who are SPG or SPG Pro members, can submit on-property requests – from an extension cord, to coffee service, to a change in lighting and everything in between – directly to associates who can fulfill requests in real time.
"Like our guests, our meeting planners and SPG Pro members are inherently mobile and want solutions that match the way they live their lives today," said Chris Holdren, Senior Vice President, Starwood Preferred Guest & Digital...

CruiseOne® Launches Elite Customer Recognition Program For Top Customers »

February 26, 2015 at 5:06AM PST | Source: CruiseOne

February 26, 2015 // Franchising.com // Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Leading home-based travel franchise CruiseOne®, which is part of World Travel Holdings - the world's largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company, has launched its Elite Customer Recognition Program to thank its top customers for their patronage. In 2015, approximately 10 CruiseOne customers will be inducted into its Elite Customer Recognition Program and receive an exclusive gift of appreciation for their longstanding business and loyalty.
CruiseOne executives will be traveling around the country hosting private receptions for these elite customers and their agents. The first event took place in Houston with three customers being honored. Upcoming receptions will take place in South Florida, Los Angeles, Cleveland and Washington, D...

Starwood To Present At The Raymond James Conference »

February 26, 2015 at 3:44AM PST | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

STAMFORD, Conn. - February 25, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) will present at the Raymond James 36th Annual Institutional Investors Conference in Orlando, FL on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Tom Mangas, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, will speak at the conference at 2:50 p.m. Eastern Time.
The live webcast will be available on Starwood's investor relations website under the Events & Presentations section at http://www.starwoodhotels.com/corporate/about/investor/events.html. A few hours after the event, a replay of the webcast will be posted on the investor relations website; the replay can be accessed for 30 days.
About Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc...

La Quinta Holdings Inc. Reports Strong Results For Both Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2014 »

February 25, 2015 at 6:59AM PST | Source: La Quinta Inn

Exceeded upper end of guidance range with full year comparable RevPAR Growth of 8.0% and Pro Forma Adjusted EBITDA of $375.5 million - Generated full year Pro Forma Earnings per Share of $0.45 - Opened 45 franchise locations in 2014 and increased pipeline 11% - Repaid $205 million of long-term debt in 2014, including $195 million of voluntary prepayments
IRVING, Texas, Feb. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- La Quinta Holdings Inc. ("La Quinta" or the "Company") (NYSE: LQ) today reported its fourth quarter and full year 2014 results on a pro forma basis, giving effect to La Quinta's initial public offering (IPO) and the related transactions as described below, as well as the results of operations for the fourth quarter and full year 2014 on a historical basis...



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